Fluid control systems provider Bürkert introduced the pneumatically actuated Type 2380 valve in August, which the company enthuses opens up possibilities for numerous applications, including innovative modular solutions.
Bürkert says that the Type 2380 – a hygienic two-way bellow control valve for neutral and aggressive media with small flow rates – demonstrates that it is possible to combine standard features with custom options in one advanced valve concept. The valve is pneumatically actuated with a single-action diaphragm actuator, with a poly–tetrafluoroethylene bellow that ensures the reliable separation of the media from the actuator.
The valve is constructed in full compliance with hygienic design requirements and is ideal for demanding control tasks involving small flow rates, for which diaphragm valves are not suitable. Applications include food and beverage production, pharmaceuticals and biopharmaceuticals, cosmetics and speciality chemicals.
The bellow control valve is available for different port connections, from DN6 to DN20, and can be combined with seat sizes from 3 mm to 10 mm. The space-saving drive has a low internal volume, resulting in the compact design and short response times of this valve type. The Type 2380 valve features good control action, owing to the low-friction design, in addition to a linear characteristic. The correction time is generally less than one second.
The Type 2380 valve is a new addition to Bürkert’s Element system, which enables the creation of a modular system with numerous options through various combinations of four different Type 869x positioner and process controllers, as well as different connections (including sleeve, clamp and welded connections) and a large choice of bodies and block solutions.
Type 2380 is designed for control functions such as the control of gases in fermentation processes and bioreactors, as well as dosing applications involving small flow rates. On the basis of this valve type, the fluidics experts at Bürkert have developed an innovative solution for nitrogen blanketing in liquid storage tanks or fermenters. The block solution consists of a pressure sensor, two bellow control valves and two Element positioners. As opposed to the previous control concepts available on the market, this solution reliably prevents contamination, foaming and cleaning problems common in fermenters.
Bürkert specialises in industrial measurement and control technology, supplying systems for measuring and controlling gases and fluids from individual valves, sensors or controls and complete automation solutions and fluid systems. The company has 36 branches globally, including one in Johannesburg.
Meanwhile, last month, Burkert celebrated 70 years of existence. Since its establishment, Bukert Group spokesperson Andreas Burkert says it has always been important for the company to provide efficient and effective solutions to seemingly impossible technological challenges.
Bürkert now has production sites in Ingelfingen, Öhringen and Gerabronn, as well as in the Alsatian municipality of Triembach. With the official opening of the Campus Criesbach last month, Bürkert paved the way for the “factory of the future”, according to Burkert GM Heribert Rohrbeck. Campus Criesbach is the location of not only a pioneering production and logistics centre with modern and versatile production processes, but also an educational centre where Bürkert invests in its most important resource: the employees of tomorrow. Many of them are from the surrounding region and their ideas and resourcefulness are used to develop solutions for industrial automation and thus for the factory of the future.